D-I-N-G-O and Dingo was his Name-O

Trip Start Jan 20, 2005
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Trip End Sep 10, 2005


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Thursday, May 12, 2005

From Noosa to Rainbow Beach ( did I mention that I love the names of places here? ) and off on a 4x4 jeep trip through Fraser Island. Fraser Island is a beautiful Island , about 70 km long and 20 km wide which contains mostly ... sand. I read in the Lonely Planet that Fraser Island has more sand than the Sahara desert! I don't believe it either but seeing as the Lonely is my new bible , I believe everything it says without a second thought. We left early in the morning after a nutritious breakfast consisting of pancakes with peanut butter and jelly ( It came with the package man... What was I supposed to do? ). Then we headed out - Or and I , a few Israelies , a German guy named Staphan , and Irish girl named Annette and a British guy and a guy from Sydney. A total of ten people in one huge 4x4 with food for three days and tents and all the other good stuff. The first day we headed up the east coast of Fraser Island and stopped at a lake at first. I am used to running into any body of water that I get to so I just ran in. Only Or and I went into that one but it was fun and just a little bit cold.
Then up to Indian head , the most northern point because that is where we needed to find a place to set up camp and start cooking and putting up tents. The driving on the beach was good fun and we were told in the instructional video that we had to treat the beach like it was a road. The Island is full of vehicles and there are regular road signs on the beach which was kind of strange. Also , we learned in the video that we had to watch out for Dingos. Dingos are wild dogs that were introduced to Australia and now roam free on the mainland and especially on the island. The video said that we were to avoid walking around alone and if we see a Dingo we must cross our hands on our chest and if attacked , fight aggressively. This was the ongoing joke in our group. We would walk and suddenly stop , crossing our arms on our chest with a frightened look. Also they said that the beach is a road and you mustn't sleep on it. Then in the video you see a guy in a sleeping bag on the beach and a 4x4 almost running him over. The instructional video was amusing :) he he
Once we found a place to sleep , we had a good time setting everything up and had a huge dinner. The next day we woke up early to see the sunrise because we heard it was amazing. I can't even begin to describe how beautiful it was. I have never seen so many shades of pink and red in the clouds before. This and Mt. Cook were the best sunrises on my trip so far. Then , we went to Indian head which was a lookout where you can see sharks and other sea life. Then to the Champaigne pools and finally headed south to Lake Mckenzie. I drove from the beach to Lake Mckenzie and , mommy , I want a jeep. These vehicles can do everything! I was driving in the jungle on a 4x4 stick shift on the right hand seat. I can drive anything.
The road was bumpy and challenging and the whole time people were singing in the back and the music was blasting. It was truly amazing and the lake was even more magnificent. I have never seen water as blue and fresh as the water I saw in lake Mckenzie. We jumped in and swam to the Island in the middle , the whole time looking under the water that was as clear as my head at the time. The only downside was that the weather because it was a bit cold and we had to go find the place to sleep for the night.
We slept in a place with many Dingos. One of the Israeli guys was so scared of them that it was hilarious. We blasted music and ate and taught everyone tons of Israeli stuff and they loved it. The first night I actually slept in a sleeping bag on the roof of the jeep and saw all of the stars every time I woke up. The second night on account of the rain , I had to sleep in a tent... bugger... The last day we just stopped at another lake but it was no biggy.
All in all , this was the first real activity in Australia so far and it was amazing. This island is a haven for 4x4 enthusiasts but can be enjoyed by everyone at any age. I could have easily stayed a few more days up there.
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